Posted on 01/13/2015 at 12:00 AM by Chad Higgins
Wintertime Hot Tub Tips
Winter is a great time to use your hot tub. But, the frigid temps and severe weather mean that you may have to increase the amount of time you spend on hot tub care in order to get the most enjoyment and protect your investment. To help, we've put together some helpful tips and suggestions:
Check your hot tub daily to confirm that it is heating properly. If your hot tub is not maintaining the proper temperature it may be a due to a minor issue (such as inadvertently changing the temperature setting) or if may be a symptom of a much larger problem (such as a faulty heater or circulation pump). To ensure proper heating, it is imperative that your filters are kept clean to ensure proper flow through your hot tub’s heater. Without proper water flow the heater will not work, which can lead to a freeze condition in your hot tub. And in most cases, warranties do not cover damage from freezing.
Remove heavy snow accumulation from your hot tub’s thermal cover to prevent damage. Heavy snow loads and the ice that forms beneath the snow are two of the biggest factors that can shorten the life of your hot tub cover.
Change your water and clean and condition your thermal cover by mid-December. That way, you won't have to worry about doing it again until Spring.
Make sure your cover is at peak performance level. Check for signs of wear and tear, and make sure the seal is still tight so heat doesn’t escape. Also, be sure all latches are in working condition and are secured. Loose, broken or unhooked latches can prevent the hot tub cover from sealing properly, causing a tremendous loss of heat (and a tremendous increase in energy bills!) during the cold winter months.
If you plan on draining your hot tub and leaving it empty this winter, you must get all the water out of the hot tub, including the water that is in your hot tubs plumbing system. Simply opening the drain and letting the water run out is not enough. Follow the instructions in your Owner’s Manual carefully or call a qualified hot tub service company to complete the winterization for you.
Once winterized, the hot tub should be covered with a tarp to keep water from getting into it. Though your hot tub cover should keep out most moisture, winds can lift the cover and allow rain a snow to get inside the hot tub. Over time, this can create a damaging freeze condition inside of the hot tub.
So, while the winter months are some of the best months for using your hot tub, be sure to take necessary precautions to ensure that your hot tub will operate at a peak level for years to come.